CAMP CALIFORNIA TEAM
Each summer Camp California brings together a wonderful team of counselors and staff to give your child the best possible summer camp experience. The majority of our cabin counselors are Native English Speaking from the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Many of our counselors and staff are also fluent in: Croatian, Czech, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Russian and Spanish. Our counselors are also highly skilled and experienced in the many activities we offer at Camp California as well as previous experience in youth development and supervision.
Mike “Higgy” Higginbotham is originally from Santa Cruz, California has been a part of the traditional “American Style” summer camping experience since the age of 5 as a camper, counselor, Head Counselor, Program Director and Director. In 1992 Mike’s experiences in the summer camp industry expanded to the international recruitment arena. Mike spent the next 15 years as International Country Director in the United Kingdom, Ireland and South Africa recruiting young men and women to travel to the United States each summer to experience being a camp counselor at one of the over 10,000 summer camps in the United States. In 2003 “Camp California in Croatia” was to be the first American Style summer camp in Europe and Mike or “Higgy” as thousands of children from around the world know him, has had the privilege of being the Director of Camp California since its first summer. Since 2003, Camp California has hosted over 8000 children from over 60 countries around the world to experience what Mike believes is one of the best opportunities a child can have growing up. Mike spends a part of his year catching waves in South Africa and California and his summers at Camp California in Croatia.
Maja Antonic is our Operations Director and has been involved with Camp California since summer 2005. Maja’s main focus is on streamlining operations and admissions to provide the highest level of service and exceptional customer care for our families. Maja is also responsible for the marketing and general day to day operations of the office in Croatia. Maja is from Rijeka in Croatia and spends a part of her year in California and South Africa.
Anita Torbarina is proudly from Debeljak, a small town near Zadar, Croatia and has been our Admissions Manager since summer 2015. She is responsible for guiding families through the application process, holds the answers to all your questions and is an expert in taking things from zero to awesome. Anita loves the outdoors and in her free time can mostly be found hiking through forests, climbing mountains and sleeping under the stars.
Marco White, from Middlesbrough, England is 25 years of age and is with us for his fifth summer. Marco began as a Cabin Counselor and Activity Leader during his first two summers, then became Older Boys Unit Leader and Head of Sports and Ropes/Climbing last summer. This year Marco is will be on our Teen Adventure Program. Marco also loves football and travelling, last summer he visited many countries in Eastern and Central Europe after camp. He has also taught English in China and was a Childcare Snow Ranger in the French Alps. Back home in England, Marco works in a high school as a Learning Support Assistant, helping children with special needs, and will soon be studying a degree in Physical and Outdoor Education at Leeds Beckett University in Northern England to become a teacher.
Meet Angela, new addition to our admin team. Angela has been with us for only a short time but has already found her place in our excel sheet hearts and hard drive minds. Angela was born in New York, USA but raised in Croatia. She spent her youth on an Island Pašman, just of coast of camp, chasing seagulls and fishing. After high school she moved to Zagreb to chase a degree in Civil Engineering. Angela has a secret passion for fashion and vintage clothes and not so hidden passion for traveling. She believes that you should set a daily goal of making someone else happy and you will be happy too. During summer Angela will be a part of our office team making sure everything runs smoothly and when she is not in the office you can find her on the Hollywood bowl heartily joining every camp song!